Kym Worthy Defends Keeping Innocent Man in Jail

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is defending the actions of her office in its handling of the Davontae Sanford case, ABC 7 reports.

In a lengthy news conference Thursday, Worthy detailed evidence she says supported Sanford’s conviction for the murders of four people in 2007.

“I don’t know what we could have done differently, as this case went through time, I really don’t,” said Worthy.

According to Worthy, Sanford’s innocence wasn’t called into question until May 20 due to a culmination of a Michigan State Police investigation, requested by her.

Sanford was 14 years old at the time he was arrested, and confessed to the murders and pleaded guilty for the Detroit drug house killings.

Sanford, who was sentenced to 37 to 90 years behind bars, was released on Wednesday after a judge vacated his conviction.

He had spent almost 9 years behind bars for crimes he didn’t commit.

Supporters of Sanford believe he could have been cleared years ago. They say a professional hitman by the name of Vincent Smothers confessed to the quadruple murders shortly after Davontae’s conviction.

But Worthy said that wasn’t enough and that Smothers had refused to testify.